Egyptian Media City possible Ansar target
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  Egypt’s Media Production City may have been considered as a target by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

During interrogation, an unnamed member of the jihadi group said he had entered the production complex and photographed several buildings, according to Youm7.

The government released a list Sunday of 200 persons suspected of membership in the group, 98 of whom are listed as at large. One of those listed at large, Amr Rabei, was reported missing by his family in March, after his friends say they saw him be arrested by police.

They are charged with 51 acts of terrorism, including firing missiles on two ships: a Chinese on Aug. 21, and an Indian ship July 23.

On April 14, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters designated the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as a terrorist organization, obliging the Cabinet and the interim President Adly Mansour to uphold the decision.

A Twitter account affiliated with the group routinely claims responsibility for violent attacks and bombings, including the downing of the military helicopter in the Sinai in January 2014, and the bombing of a tour bus in Sinai, killing an Egyptian and three South Koreans in February.

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